How to Clone Server in VM

Cloning a server in a virtual machine (VM) provides several advantages including increased flexibility, improved efficiency, and reduced risk. This article presents two solutions to clone a server: directly cloning a server in a virtual machine (VM) or utilizing EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise.

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Updated by Daisy on Dec 19, 2023
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Nowadays, cloning has gained immense popularity in the field of computing. Cloning a server in a virtual machine (VM) involves creating a replica of your server, complete with the operating system and all its applications. 

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There are several reasons why you might want to clone a server:

  • Streamline upgrading the server's hard drive eliminates the need to reinstall the operating system and applications from scratch.
  • Seamlessly deploy server images to multiple VMs, allowing organizations to scale their infrastructure by creating numerous instances of the same server.
  • Virtualize a physical server, enabling administrators to conduct what-if analyses and explore potential scenarios without disrupting the functionality of the host server.
  • Establish a secure and isolated testing environment for evaluating new software, patches, or configurations, allowing system administrators to assess the impact of changes without compromising the stability or security of the production environment.

How can you quickly and securely clone a server? To find out more, we invite you to read this informative article.

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Clone Server in VM with VMware

Creating a clone of a server in a virtual machine (VM) allows you to replicate the production server within a virtual environment. To create a copy of a server in a VM, you can follow these general steps:

1. Lunch the VMware Workstation and locate the Windows Server you want to clone from the list of VMs.

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2. Right-click Windows Server and select Manage-> Clone.

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3. Please verify and select the source server. Then click Next to choose the desired clone type and browse a location where you wish to save it. Finally, click on Finish to complete the process.


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4. Once the cloning is finished, you will have a new VM with an exact copy of the original server.


Duplicate a Virtual Server with EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise

EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise is a user-friendly solution for cloning servers to virtual machines. You can follow these straightforward steps to clone a server into a virtual machine using this product.

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1. Please launch the program After installing EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise on the Server. On the homepage, click on New Task and select the System Backup option to create a copy of the server.

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2. Click on Browse... to choose a destination for saving the backup image.


3. Click the Create Emergency Disk option to create a bootable disk to a USB drive. 

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4. After completing the above process, please move to the new empty server in the virtual machine and login to Boot Manager. In this page, select the USB drive and set it as the first boot order, and then proceed to boot from it.

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5. Upon successfully booting into the WinPE environment of EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise, locate and click on the Recovery option. From there, select the backup image that you have saved previously. Then, choose the destination drive where you want to restore the system backup and click on Proceed to initiate the restoration process.

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6. After the restoration process, you can configure the system to boot from the target drive.


EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise is an excellent backup solution with robust backup and recovery features and server cloning capabilities. This software provides a comprehensive and dependable solution for backing up and restoring servers. With its assistance, you can create a complete image backup of your server, encompassing the operating system, applications, and data. In system failure or data loss, it facilitates effortless restoration. This solution guarantees the security and integrity of your server, ensuring efficient disaster recovery procedures.

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How to Clone Server in VM FAQs

1. What is server cloning in a VM?

Server cloning in a VM refers to creating an identical copy of a virtual machine (VM) server. This allows you to replicate the server's configuration, settings, and data, making deploying new VMs or creating backups easier.

2. Can I clone a running server in VM?

In most cases, it is not recommended to clone a running server in a VM. Cloning a running server can lead to inconsistent data and potential conflicts with the original server. It is best to shut down the server before cloning to ensure data integrity.

3. Why would I want to clone a server in a VM?

Rapid deployment
Cloning allows you to quickly create multiple instances of the same server configuration instead of setting up a new server from scratch.

Testing and development 
Cloning a server provides a safe environment for testing new configurations, software updates, or troubleshooting without affecting the production environment.

Disaster recovery
Cloning a server ensures you have a backup copy in case of server failures or data loss. It allows for quick restoration of services.

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working at EaseUS for over ten years, starting as a technical writer and moving on to being a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over ten years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Gap

Gap has been working as an experienced data backup and security engineer at EaseUS for over 10 years, focusing on working with clients to assess needs and implemented procedures and tasks for appropriate backup solutions.

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